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Escape from Camp 14

Escape from Camp 14 tells the story of a young man who was born and raised in a North Korean prison camp, and escaped.

The story is a chilling reminder of the horrors happening right now within North Korea, and should be a clarion call for people of conscience everywhere. 

The book does a good job of recounting life inside the camp, and is an engaging read.  It's perhaps a bit too engaging, though, in that it doesn't provide the necessary historical and sociological background necessary to appreciate the inner workings of the North Korean prison system.

I found myself yearning for a more substantive exploration of Shin's psychological shock and subsequent transformation, and thought the author, having completed the narrative arc, brought the book to a rushed conclusion.

Still, this is a book well worth reading.  Bring a strong stomach -- it depicts a living nightmare. It's a good companion to the excellent Orphan Master's Son.